• Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Editor’s Pick

Redesigning economics to redesign the world

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Redesigning economics to redesign the world

WILL the present economic system be able to establish appropriate level of moral, social, and material balance in the world?   I don't think it can. The present system is like an impersonal sucking machine which thrives on continuously sucking juice from the bottom to the top. The higher you are in the system, the more juice you are able to suck. It is not because bad people are running the machine; just that the machine is built that way. The system was not designed to have any moral responsibility....

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AWAKENING INDIA

Published Date: November 17, 2014
The politics of UN leadership

ELECTION cycles are growing longer worldwide. In the United States, for example, ambitious politicians are already campaigning hard in bellwether states for the 2016 presidential election. Yet some races -- such as that for the next United Nations secretary-general, which will also be held in 2016 -- still occur largely under the radar. This should change. A race for UN secretary-general, which is usually fought so discreetly that it seems almost clandestine, bears little resemblance to the razzmatazz of an...

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Business & Finance

Published Date: November 13, 2014
Ebola and inequality

Ebola and inequality

THE Ebola crisis reminds us, once again, of the downside of globalisation. Not only good things -- like principles of social justice and gender equality -- cross borders more easily than ever before; so do malign influences like environmental problems and disease. The crisis also reminds us of the importance of government and civil...

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CHINA WORLD

Published Date: November 12, 2014
APEC at the apex

APEC at the apex

THE significance of the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing consists not so much in what is on APEC's agenda as in what transpires on the sidelines. Meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama; as well as Xi's meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loom especially large. These...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: November 7, 2014
Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Speaking at what could be their last meeting before facing his ultimate fate, war crimes convict Kamaruzzaman told his wife Tuesday that he was being “killed” because he was trying to establish Islam in the country. According to media reports, he said that he was sacrificing his life for the cause of Islam...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: October 31, 2014
The meaning of Nizami's verdict

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

It is not revenge. It is not retribution. It is not settling of accounts. And politics, it is definitely not.  It is meting out justice. It is holding political leaders accountable for their action especially if they commit crimes against humanity. It is fulfilling an inner urge for justice and fair play. In...

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WORLD AFFAIRS

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Hope for Hong Kong

Hope for Hong Kong

HONG Kong's democracy movement has gained admiration worldwide. The principles, decency, and behaviour of its youthful vanguard inspire confidence in the qualities of the generation that one day will run the great city. That said, it is time to move on to a sensible endgame. The longer the standoff between Hong Kong's Chief Executive...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: October 3, 2014
Two PMs and their diaspora

Two PMs and their diaspora

Today we address two different topics-one of the two PMs trip to the UN and another of a "rotten apple", linked only by the fact that they both occurred in New York. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made what can be termed as " a significant trip" to the UN. Her active participation in the...

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THE WORLD IN WORDS

Published Date: September 30, 2014
The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Commentary By Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: September 26, 2014
Protector turning predator?

Protector turning predator?

What was set up to protect the press and its freedom appears to be poised to destroy both.  Recent newspaper reports have alerted us about certain changes that the Press Council is proposing to bring in its own law that we consider to be dangerously anti-free press and fundamentally contradictory to the very...